Millstream Schokolade Bock | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Schokolade BockMillstream Schokolade Bock

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Just in time for the holidays is our special treat. A dark and chewy bock beer. Around November you'll find 'chocolate bock' on tap down at the brewery.

No other beer has a more pure and intense malt character as a true Bock. Many large breweries in the U.S. have diluted the original strength of this beer, but we make the real thing. The body of this beer is rich, making it a good beer to warm up to during those "special" Iowa winters. The blackened malt that we use in it gives the brew a slight hint of chocolate. Its a smooth brew, having been lagered for over a month in our cellars, in true bock style.

25 IBU

Added by PhantomVodoo on 01-08-2003

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Photo of bbtkd
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Millstream Schokolade Bock, 6% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours hazy dark brown and thin with a one finger off-white head. Not much nose, taste is sweet and very malty, with a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is just OK due to thinness and slightly heavy carbonation. Overall very good.

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Photo of StephenM
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pub pint
Appearance: rich dark Amber with cream colored 2-finger head which dissipates quickly
Aroma: mild cocoa, coffee, malt
Flavor: Cocoa, sweet malt, coffee, mild anise, mild hop bitter finish
Mouthfeel: medium with malt sweetness, but surprisingly clean finish
Overall: Rich tasty comforting brew, glad to have as a go-to in Iowa winters

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of yeast.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured on tap into a pint glass. Beer pours pitch black with a tiny off white head. Beer smells of darker roasted grain with very slight fruitiness. Beer tastes of dark grain with berries, and chocolate aftertaste. Beer is light bodied and extremely drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour, light head and lacing. Aroma is not pronounced malts but clean and not a hint of hops. Taste is lighter than expected. This is a well-crafted beer, but not spectacular.

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Photo of pagriley
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into snifter

Pours dark, with chestnut hue and fluffy white 2 inch head. Heavy lacing
Nutty with hints of biscuit and caramel
Smooth toasted malts with caramel and a hint of crisp hop to finish
Bright carb but fine, very smooth

Overall a criminally underrated beer - fantastic brew

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: brilliant chestnut, 1” head, dissipates to thick film, excellent lace
S: chocolate and bread aromas
T: Intense, rich maltiness with more chocolate than expected.
F: Clean, smooth, medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: An excellent beer with well developed malt flavors that is almost like a cross between a chocolaty south English brown ale and a bock.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another brew from the head of the industrial electrical group---Thanks Randy!

This awesome lager pours a deep brownish red with a moderate off white head of foam that dies down to a light layer of foam with a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of sweet chocolates, fresh dark bread, and dark roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with dark chocolate flavors all around blending nicely with dark fruit notes of raspberries and fresh dark bread crust mixing with a dash of spicy hops to round it all together. Finish is sweet and lightly chewy with good carbonation for an excellent representation of a bock done right in America. Better than I had hoped for and would love a 12 pack of these delicious treats. A PLUS!


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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It looks : creamy, fluffy beige head, 1 very steady finger. I mean nothing will make it die. Love it. Body is burnt copper/dark honey colored. About 60% opacity.

It smells : A malty nose, with toasted and baked nut and chocolate. Sort of a nutty "tin roof sundae" smell too. What's there is good - but a weak volume in the bouquet. Oops, I snorted some. Definitely nutty, peanut haha.

It tastes : Whoa!!! Double whoa!! Just awesome. Very malty. Roasted nutty flavors - peanut, pecan, walnut... maple sap, with melted chocolate. The swallow is the best part (that's what she said), with a wrapped chocolate ferro rocher-type finish, a slight sting of hop, and dark malts. Breathing the finish is like roasted cocoa, a handful of peanuts, and mocha coffee.

Feel : creamy and medium bodied, buzzing carbonation. Ends wet and slightly grainy.

Overall : every time I take a sip of this, my eyes gently pop out of my head, I blink slowly twice, and I smile. It's that good. You owe it to yourself to try this Bock. It's amazing.

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Photo of beergirlteresa
5/5  rDev +27.2%

The wonderful malty flavors of a traditional bock come through in this beer. The nose gives those slight chocolate undertones which come though when you have a couple sips. I love it with a dark chocolate candy bar to inhance the chocolate flavors.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled last night on 1/2/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a smaller tan head. Good amount of lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of coffee, toffee with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is even better! All the above flavors come through and blend together nicely. Goes down smooth and easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Very pleasant for sure!

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown, good head.

Smell: Nutty, a little chocolate, hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt, mild sweetness, then some nuttiness, and finishes with mild dark chocolate.

Overall: Probably my favorite beer from Millstream, I had it several years ago but did not review. I'm not usually a bock guy, but this isn't a typical bock. It's more like a porter or brown ale with good roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of mothman
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very little head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavors are rich with notes of molasses and licorice. A lot of nutty flavors with some roasted malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Chocolate as well. Very malty. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: roasted and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty good bock, but it has a bit too much of a roast for me. It is also a bit sweet.

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Photo of arc3636
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - deep reddish brown color with very little head

S - faint, sweet smell of chocolate

T - coffee, chocolate, carmel

M - very good mouthfeel, the thick chocolately flavor sticks around in your mouth

O - darker beer with good flavor, but not overpowering. Would buy again

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, maple, honey, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, honey, fruit and a touch of chocolate. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of kjyost
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle acquired as part of a mixed 12 pack from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured ~4C into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hazy brown / red body with a light tan head that drops quickly to a ring with little lacing.
S: An incredibly intriguing nose. Definite roasted malts, light sweetness with almost a smokiness about it. Cocoa powder, hint of earth... Mmm...
T: Incredibly nuanced. Tons of things going in here, while being well balanced. Coffee, chocolate, caramel sweetness. Some Ritz crackers and bread. The bitterness comes off as earthy with a spicy note.
M: Super well balanced, with bright carbonation and a very light lingering bitterness.
O: Not what I was expecting at all. This beer has made my day, too bad it is my last one as I gave some away and drank a few when I had drank a few too many so I didn't realize its sheer awesomeness. An amazing amount of flavours and nuance for a smaller beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
Bottled in November, notched on label
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Millstream's Schokolade Bock is an acceptable bock bier with a strongly pleasing feel on the palate and notable elements used in the recipe. That being said, I thought the use of chocolate was somewhat gimmicky and acted against the beer's potential interesting malt combinations. While a drinkable beer, this wasn't a bock that really had what I would want in a representation of the style; instead, it is like a gimmick beer to me.

After pouring, the 1cm light tan head I was able to produce collapsed very quickly, leaving no lacing or spots. Eventually, I am left with a thin ring around the glass. A beer with an ethanol content in the 5% range should not have such a hard time maintaining a head. Beer's body is a very dark ruby-brown color out of light, amber chocolate brown when in it. Body is nearly opaque, but I can see slightly through it

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt, sweetish toasted or brown malt, and modest milk chocolate or chocolate powder; slight raisin scent. Overall, scent is fairly straightfoward and not particularly enticing or signaling me to partake of it.

Front of palate picks up toasted or brown malt aspects combined with light milk chocolate or chocolate powder. This becomes more pronounced mid-palate, with roasted malt characters becoming noticeable along with an increased chocolate presence. Some spiciness is present mid-palate, and ethanol actually makes it through as well, particularly when slightly warm, which is disappointing. Closes out with a flash of sugary sweetness, leading to an aftertaste of slightly roasted, slightly tart malt characters. Good, but the alcohol noticeability in a bock detracts somewhat.

Beer is medium bodied with ample carbonation to make this foam up on the palate, creating a smooth and pillowy mouthfeel. Seems about right for a bock. Closes out with a dry finish.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Garnet, slightly brown. The head retention is quite poor.
S- Brown bread, a bit of caramel, and some raisens.
T- Complex flavor here. It is almost a like a light quad. Big raisen flavor with some dark bread, and a bit of toffee lingering. Lots of malty flavor.
M- Medium body, almost creamy carb. Long finish.
O- A very delicious beer that has a good mouthfeel. Far and away the best beer I've had from Millstream.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with good activity, clarity, red highlights when backlit, and a thin finger of tan foam that fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Yeasty with a bit of malty sweetness and dark fruit initially. A wee nip of booze later, and not much else. And it's faint overall.

Tastes like the smell but better and stronger. Malty sweet, dark fruit, light hop bitterness, very mild roast, and German yeast character play well together and combine to make a pretty tasty beer.

Strong carbonation with a bit of a bite, the body is on the thin side of medium, and it is pretty smooth overall.

This is a pretty good beer. I'd be proud of it if I made it. But it's not amazing and doubt it will be memorable.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a dark brown color with thin, pale tan head. No retention and little lace.

S: Roasted malt, a little chocolate and chicory.

T: Leads with mellow, nutty roast, turns dry in the middle, then slowly sweetens into chocolate and berries on the finish. Nice complexity and no flaws. Quite yummy. As the beer warms, some tea and leather join in.

M: Medium body, quite smooth, no complaints here.

O: I am liking this a lot. Great flavors and hits the spot on a cold day. Millstream really knows how to do the German styles, and this is no exception. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- A nice dark auburn body with ruby-orange highlights has a nice amount of carbonation floating to the top. It only relinquished a pencil-width head on a heavy pour. The beige foam is only a ring on the outside of the glass; no lace.

Smell- Definitely chocolate on the nose. It is a semi-sweet and dark chocolate scent. There is a slight earthy quality to it that may be coming from hops. This is pretty subtle. Will see if anything changes as it warms.

Taste- The chocolate is up front on the tongue and sweetens it up a decent amount. There is some roast and char in the finish, with the earthy hop being more in the middle of the drink than the end of it.

I'm also surprised to sense a little bit of alcohol on the palate. That is unfortunate for a relatively lower abv beer. There is also a slight nuttiness present.

Mouth feel- More of a medium body that is not quite right with the carbonation. It is kind of slick on the tongue, but not creamy at all. There is a little astringency to the beer.

Overall- After hearing such wonderful things about this beer, I am not nearly as impressed as I thought I would be. The chocolate is there in the nose, but not near as much on the palate, and it does not last for long.

It reminds me more of a porter or stout than a bock. This really needs to be sweetened up.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from (very) fresh 12-oz bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled only 6 days ago!

A - Yields a finger and a half of snappy tan head. Beer itself is deep brown with dark red berry-colored highlights. Foam fades to a thin film within a minute or two. No lacing to speak of.

S - Mmmmm... delicious. I get lots of caramely toasted malt, some pungent raspberry-like esters and a good dollop of milk chocolate in the background. There is also possibly some booze in the nose as well. Surprising since this is a 5.7% beer.

T - Deeply toasted and ever so slightly sharp burnt grain taste up front. Hints of bitter cocoa, black licorice and a slightly tart yeasty character are noticeable through the middle. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance out the surprisingly complex malt profile of this beer. Finishes with a flavor of extra dark caramel and some burnt sugar accompanied by some alcohol bitterness.

M - This beer has a medium body with an excellent level of carbonation. Very balanced beer with a somewhat sticky and sugary residual feel. Great winter beer.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super stoked: received my trade from Oz that contained none other than Westvleteren 12!!! My project will now be complete, in only 9 more days!!!

I want to finish this review up quick, so here goes...

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this extra. Cheers!!

Pours a weird dark, reddish amber. A short head. Decently carbonated. Not a lot of lacing.

Strong, malty aromas. I get a hint of chocolate, but mostly a massive amount of caramel malt. It's super malty. Short bit of sweetness. Some slightly boozy characteristics. Overall strong and sweet.

Flavor is dominated by carbonation. It's very fizzy. Upfront it's almost overpowering. It dies off slowly, revealing a nice malt backbone. Some nicely toasted/roasted flavors in here also. Finish has a touch of sweetness and a long, lingering malt component. Decent beer, but I wouldn't bother unless it was priced to sell...

What I like most: The wonderfully roasty components in the flavor profile.

What I like least: The huge carbonation, and how spritzy it is overall.

Verdict: decent and flavorful, it's unique and worth trying if it's priced well.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very thin, then non-existent head. It seriously fizzled away in seconds. The beer itself is a nice ruby brown, but slightly hazy.

S: Slightly malty sweet but also an off yeast smell.

T: There's some chocolate in there, mild, but it's there, along with some more maltiness. Very bland though, but I recall it being a little bolder the rest of the six pack.

M: Too flat, while the beer isn't fresh, the bottle should hold carbonation better than this. Nothing else is wrong with it.

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Photo of drizzam
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good buddy cdkrenz for this generous offering! Poured from the bottle into my new favorite glass, my Central Waters tulip.

A - Deep, dark ruby in color when held up to a bright light source. The body is topped by a thin cap of white head, which didn't leave much for lacing.

S - Toasted malt aroma with a touch of cocoa powder.

T & M - The toasted malt provides a backbone with accenting bready and dry bitter chocolate flavors providing balance to the malt. Seems like I'm picking up a nutty character as well, almond I think. Light bodied mouthfeel, finishes very crisply.

D - This is an easy drinking brew...dare I say sessionable? My first foray into the world of Millstream, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Certainly worth a try.

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